Guidelines for Double Blind Review

New for ISSCC 2017 – Double-Blind Paper Review

3. Double-blind review. Paper selection for 2017 will follow a double-blind review process, meaning that both the authors and reviewers will remain anonymous during the paper-selection process. All authors must adhere to the following guidelines to conceal their identity: (1) Eliminate names, contact information, and affiliations from the entire manuscript (including PDF metadata, logos on die photos, logos on printed-circuit-board photos, etc.). (2) Cite all relevant prior work (including your own) in the third person (for example, “It has been shown that… [1]”; do not use the words “my” or “our”). Submitted (unpublished) work that is substantially related to the submission must also be cited, but in an anonymized format. Do not cite patents. (3) Eliminate acknowledgments and references to funding sources. (4) Do not contact the program committee members to solicit input on your manuscript. The identity of authors is known to the program chair/vice-chair and the subcommittee chairs; you may contact them for questions. Manuscripts that are not properly anonymized will not be considered for review. The review process will include a software-based plagiarism check. After paper selection, a final pre-publication check (using the authors’ names) is applied using the guidelines summarized below. ISSCC may withdraw any paper that violates the pre-publication guidelines. For further details, see the ISSCC Website (sample manuscript, detailed instructions and FAQ on double-blind review).

The most common reason for paper rejection is a lack of clear evidence of what is novel in the work, and the extent to which it advances the state-of-theart. Successful submissions contain specific new results, sufficient detail and data to be understood technically, circuit schematics, measured results for key elements, and tabulated comparisons with recently published work, where appropriate.

For further details on manuscript preparation, check the ISSCC Website:, or send an email with your questions to the Director of Publications: Laura Fujino, Email:

Notification of Acceptance: Authors will be notified of acceptance by October 14, 2016. A submission may be accepted as either a regular or short paper. A regular paper is allowed 30 minutes (23 minutes presentation time). A short paper is allowed 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation time). Regular and short papers must meet the same submission and quality standards. They differ only in the determination by the Program Committee of the time required to present their key ideas.

Authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to modify their manuscript. All information removed/anonymized following the double-blind review guidelines (logo on die photo, etc.) may be added back to the final paper upon acceptance. The Program Committee may require specific additional revisions. There will be further formatting requirements for the final Digest manuscript. The presenting author is required to register for the Conference in advance.